Pier Review

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Specifically, someone holding a tape measure off of Larry and Jamie McCullough’s 130-foot trex pier in Carnelian Bay. With somewhere between five and six feet of water below the end of the pier’s gangway, it’s one of the lucky few piers on Tahoe’s North Shore that’s still boat-accessible given the impacts of a lower-than-average Lake Tahoe water level following a few winters of drought.

“The deep-water pier is definitely a unique feature,” says Bill Dietz, the Tahoe Luxury Properties listing agent who’s selling the lakefront estate at a price of $6.795 million. “To have a fully usable pier in these low-water conditions we’re experiencing now is a rare thing.”

A small patio off the master bedroom overlooks The Lake


It’s just one of many elements of design on the home that stand out. Designed by South Lake Tahoe architect Mark Allione and built by Reno’s Gary Crosswhite of Meridian Concrete in 2008, the craftsman-style, 4,259 square foot home offers expansive views of The Lake to the north, east and south. With 260-plus feet of lakefront and an open lot immediately to the south, the home’s views are pleasantly uninterrupted by neighbors.

“These views are just amazing,” says Larry McCullough, who mentions seeing otters and eagles from his kitchen’s ample picture window. The house is built on a small point that provides unobstructed views of most of The Lake.

Dark wood and stone give the home a rustic look on the exterior, and a large deck off the main floor at the rear of the home offers spectacular views over The Lake while providing a great perch from which to grill out.

The home is generously appointed inside with five en suite bedrooms. Custom walnut floors upon entry into the family/dining room and Brazilian quartzite flooring in the kitchen, along with the rest of the floors in the home, are warmed with a radiant heating system. The McCulloughs can control the home’s heating from one of two AMX touchpads (stationed off the kitchen and in the master bedroom) or remotely from their smartphones to warm the home before heading up the hill from the Bay Area, where they have another home.

“People really like the integration of the technology in this day and age,” Dietz says. “Having the heating, lighting and security all controlled through a mobile device makes it very easy and convenient. This feature is especially useful for those second homeowners who can control the functions of the house from any remote location.”

Looking back at the house from its beach


The AMX system also provides security features as well as a live video feed of both the home and pier. It’s not the only tech-savvy system in the house; the Lutron Shades, which are concealed in handsome alder boxes above the home’s windows, are touch activated.

Two guestrooms are located upstairs from the main floor, while a movie room/entertaining space, a bunk room, wet bar and master bedroom sit downstairs. Another guest room is on the main floor and opens to its own private deck. The lower floor looks out over the terraced landscaping leading down to the pier, which is outfitted with speakers for both music and intercom use.

“It’s been a fabulous place to entertain,” says Jamie McCullough. “It’s also just so centrally located to everything. We can walk or paddle down to Gar Woods.”

The dining room and kitchen


The master bedroom includes a large walk-in closet, luxurious bathroom with a jetted tub and shower and a small, private patio created by Truckee’s Johansen Masonry that looks over The Lake. It’s hooked up for a hot tub, as well.

Below, the pier is outfitted with a 6,000-pound remote-control operated boat lift and is a popular place for the McCulloughs and their friends to enjoy a summer margarita while listening to the water lap against the pier. Coupled with the amazing view, it’s an experience not many private residences in 2015 can boast—and a thing of beauty, indeed.

To learn more about the property, visit www.tluxp.com.

Kathleen Beaufore is an Incline Village–based writer.


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